30-Day Book Challenge: Favorite Book of My Favorite Series

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Well, in this previous post, I established that I do not have a favorite book series simply because I’ve never finished an entire series. Would it really be fair, then, to declare a favorite?

And if it is okay to do so, well, I’ve already told you about my favorite books in the few series I did begin and enjoy: Judy Blume’s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and The Celery Stalks at Midnight by James Howe. Hmmm.

Well, I don’t know. If I have to choose between those two, I’d probably have to go with Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is a children’s novel written by Judy Blume in 1972. It is the first of the “Fudge books.” It was followed by Superfudge, Fudge-A-Mania and, most recently, Double Fudge. The story focuses on a 10-year-old boy named Peter Warren Hatcher and his relationship with his 2-year-old brother Farley Drexel. Farley hates the sound of his legal name, and prefers Fudge for any and all occasions.

Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing smashed potatoes on walls at Hamburger Heaven, or scribbling all over Peter’s homework, he’s never far from trouble. He’s a two-year-old terror who gets away with everything—and Peter’s had enough. When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter’s pet turtle, it’s the last straw. Peter has put up with Fudge too long. How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?

So, there you have it. You know, even though they’re children’s books, perhaps I should read the entire series. See what kind of shenanigans ol’ no-good Fudge has been getting into.

Some of you have mentioned your favorite book series—through Facebook and Twitter instead of in the comments, but whatever—but what’s your favorite book in those series. Let me know in the comments below.

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